3:1 After this opened a Job his mouth, and b cursed his day.
(a) The seven days ended, (Job
(b) Here Job begins to feel his great
imperfection in this battle between the spirit and the flesh, (Romans
7:18) and after a manner yields yet in the end he gets victory though he
was in the mean time greatly wounded.
3:3 Let the day c
perish wherein I was born, and the night [in which] it was said, There is a man
(c) Men should not be weary of their life and
curse it, because of the infinities that it is subject to, but because they
are given to sin and rebellion against God.
3:4 Let that day be darkness; let not God d
regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
(d) Let it be put out of the number of days, and
let it not have the sight of the sun to separate it from the night.
3:5 Let darkness and the e
shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the
day terrify it.
(e) That is, most obscure darkness, which makes
them afraid of death that they are in it.
them curse it that curse the day, who are f
ready to raise up their mourning.
(f) Who curse the day of their birth, let them
lay that curse on this night.
3:9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark;
let it look for light, but [have] none; neither let it g
see the dawning of the day:
(g) Let it be always night, and never see day.
Why died I not from the womb? [why] did I [not] give up the ghost when I came
out of the belly?
(h) This, and that which follows declares, that
when man gives place to his passions, he is not able to stay or keep measure,
but runs headlong into all evil unless God calls him back.
3:13 For now should I have i
lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
(i) The vehemency of his afflictions made him
utter these words as though death was the end of all miseries, and as if there
were no life after this, which he speaks not as though it were so, but the
infirmities of his flesh caused him to break out in this error of the wicked.
3:14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which
built k desolate places for themselves;
(k) He notes the ambition of them who for their
pleasure as it were change the order of nature, and build in most barren
places, because they would by this make their names immortal.
There the wicked l cease [from]
troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
(l) That is, by death the cruelty of the tyrants
3:18 [There] the m
prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
(m) All they who sustain any kind of calamity and
misery in this world: which he speaks after the judgment of the flesh.
3:20 Wherefore is light given
to him that is in misery, and n life
unto the bitter [in] soul;
(n) He shows that the benefits of God are not
comfortable, unless the heart is joyful, and the conscience quieted.
[Why is light given] to a man whose way is o
hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
(o) That sees not how to come out of his
miseries, because he does not depend on God's providence.
3:25 For the thing which I
greatly p feared is come upon me, and
that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
(p) In my prosperity I looked for a fall, as it
now has come to pass.
3:26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest,
neither was I quiet; q yet trouble came.
(q) The fear of troubles that would ensue, caused
my prosperity to seem to me as nothing, and yet I am not exempted from